1959: An Electro-Acoustic piano built from an expired Fender patent
Sampleson has worked some magic with their spectral modelling to build a piano in software from a patent filed by Leo Fender in 1959 of an electric piano that was never constructed.
So this is not the modelling of a classic instrument, this is the modelling of an idea of a classic instrument – that’s new! Spectral modelling is a bit like physical or acoustic modelling but where everything is broken down to their component sine waves and reconstructed. So it requires no samples, they just have to describe the attributes of the instrument, the physicality, the way it generates sound and they should be able to accurately replicate it with sine waves.
Sounds a bit nuts? Yes, it probably is and Sampleson never quite go into enough detail about the process for us to have any chance of understanding how they do what they do.
The end result is that it sounds like an electric piano. They say it “can be described as a CP80-like but a bit more tuned due to the fewer number of strings. The resulting sound of this virtual instrument is warm, clean and bright. The expressiveness of the piano action we emulated gives it a nice and wide range of timbres. From warm lows to metallic shines on higher velocities.”
Check out some sounds here:
1959 is available now for an introductory price of $39 and runs as a plug-in or standalone for MacOS and Windows.